A case of pubic lice resistant to pyrethins

Speare, Richard, and Koehler, Joy M. (2001) A case of pubic lice resistant to pyrethins. Australian Family Physician, 2001 (June). pp. 572-574.

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BACKGROUND: Effective therapeutic protocols for the treatment of pubic lice include application of approved insecticidal products to all body and scalp hair, retreatment at seven days, and use of mechanical removal of lice and eggs.

OBJECTIVE: We report here infection with pubic lice in a 43 year old male in Australia which failed to be eradicated by adequate therapy with a pyrethrin and piperonyl butoxide product.

DISCUSSION: Pubic lice collected from the case survived after exposure to the same product in vitro. The infestation was cured by use of 5% permethrin. This appears to be the first report of Pthirus pubis resistant to insecticides, in this case pyrethrins and their synergist, piperonyl butoxide.

Item ID: 13402
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0300-8495
Keywords: pubic lice
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2013 01:39
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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